Dancing Columns

Tony Cragg (1949 - )

Sandstone sculpture in 2 parts

2000

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Germany
    City: Berlin
    Place: British Embassy

    "Dancing Columns" was commissioned by the Government Art Collection, on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, for the new British Embassy in Berlin. The sandstone columns are like natural rock formations, smoothed and eroded by the force of the wind. But there is also something comical about them and their precariousness, reminding us of a circus balancing act. Unlike the architectural columns in the new Embassy building, they don't seem capable of supporting anything. "Dancing Columns" is shown here against the backdrop of a wall drawing by David Tremlett, also commissioned by the Government Art Collection.

  • About the artist
    Tony Cragg is an internationally renowned British sculptor who lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany. He is part of a generation of sculptors who came to prominence in Britain during the 1980s and which included the artists Antony Gormley, Richard Wentworth, Anish Kapoor and Alison Wilding. Cragg was born in Liverpool and studied at Wimbledon School of Art (1969-72) and then at the Royal College of Art in London (1973-77). Cragg was awarded the Tate Gallery’s Turner Prize in 1988, having also been shortlisted three years earlier. He was the British representative at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 1988, and has been a member of the Royal Academy since 1994.
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    Subjects
    dance, abstract, column
    Materials & Techniques
    sandstone, stone sculpture
  • Details
    Title
    Dancing Columns
    Date
    2000
    Medium
    Sandstone sculpture in 2 parts
    Acquisition
    Commissioned from the artist, July 2000
    Provenance
    the artist
    GAC number
    17497